The scent of roses sounds like a lovely experience and it is. It is actually quite stunning. Unfortunately these roses are the multiflora roses native to Asia that the US Soil Conservation promoted in the 1930's for erosion control and live fences. Unfortunately, these roses are definitely one of the most invasive plant species and the bane of any livestock farmer.
Our sheep will eat their lower leaves, even though they are very thorny, but these huge shrubs keep thriving. You can see them climbing through trees and many old pastures are no longer pastures but thorny nightmares for landowners or anyone wanting to walk through them. The Farmer sometimes runs his brush hog over them but they just keep coming back. In the fall, when they are covered with rosehips, the birds feast on them and spread the seeds far and wide.
|A local hillside covered in multi-flora roses|
Yesterday I went for a drive with Julia and snapped these photos of other people's roses.....
........ all to introduce you to my new fabric design - Roses and Diamonds. This design is available in four colorways and you can purchase it through my shop on the Spoonflower website. There are several different fabrics available including a linen/cotton canvas. I had test swatches made in the linen/cotton because I plan to cover a chair in the fabric (someday!) and I wanted to see which colorway would be best in our kitchen.
There is a light blue colorway, a rust colorway, a chartreuse colorway and a gold colorway. Which do you like best?